Five years ago, the Schools Committee of the Civic Federation of which I was a member, believed Arlington County’s population projections for declining growth were incorrect. Our projections disagreed — and more accurately described where we are today. Now the County is projecting a leveling off in growth in 5 years, due to a change in the “live birth rate”? I am skeptical.
Change is inevitable.We will never make everyone happy, but we can do better to anticipate and manage that change for our families — and make better use of our budget.
How can we better use existing classroom space? I know that we have gone back to renovate new schools, like W-L, when we should have explored using all classrooms to full capacity. It would not have made teachers happy — but it would have saved $5M.
Choice programs and neighborhood schools are not incompatible. We may be able to create blended, hybrid solutions to add capacity in our neighborhood schools — and not move families.
We need to explore a lot of options. Obviously, when we need to build in an urban environment, we are already building up. Let’s not be afraid to explore the unusual.
Just for discussion:
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